Resources

Welcome to our Resource Library, a compilation of hundreds of books, essays and media to help us do our collaborative work better. This collection of resources has helped our community learn from many perspectives over time and unlearn the foundational myths of dominant culture. 

These are just the resources that we are familiar with, if you know of others that should be in this library, please contact info@firstlightmaine.org. We review this list and suggestions quarterly.

Note: This page is still under construction! More resources will be transferred from our previous resource library through the end of 2023.

Learn more about Wabanaki presence and history on this land

Wabanaki Tribes, land, and culture

Wabanaki Tribes

Educational

Learn about each of the federally-recognized Wabanaki Tribes.

Wabanaki organizing for land and justice

Examine and rethink the practices and legacies of conservation

Examine conservation’s legacy

Redefining Conservation

Educational

Wabanaki leaders speak on how to reshape conservation in this podcast series created by Sierra Club Maine.

Reimagine conservation practices

Respect and Responsibility: Integrating Indigenous Rights and Private Conservation in Canada

Educational

In November 2021 Conservation Through Reconciliation Partnership published this report (Prepared by Larry Innes (Olthuis Kleer Townshend LLP), Ian Attridge (Barrister and Solicitor; Trent University), and Skeena Lawson (Juris Doctor Candidate, University of Victoria.)). This report concludes that there is no ethical basis for private land conservation organizations to operate as though Indigenous governments have no role in relation to private lands.

Strong Voices, Active Choices

Tool

Partnering with Indigenous Peoples and local communities to achieve social and environmental outcomes, this is The Nature Conservancy's global framework for working with Indigenous people.

Speed of Trust by Peter Forbes

Educational

First Light

An essay and story of the formation of the Sustainable Southeast partnership and the histories that led people there.

Examples and tools for non-native organizations to support Indigenous land relationships

Expand Indigenous land access in Wabanakik

Wabanaki Learnings and Observations About the Fund

Educational

Wabanaki Commission

The purpose of this report is for Wabanaki people to connect with a diversity of other Wabanaki people to understand how best to structure the fund to meet Tribes’ goals, give the fund legitimacy within Wabanaki communities, and affirm the role of the Wabanaki Commission.

The Wabanaki Self-Determination Fund

Tool

First Light

Learn all about how you can participate in the fund that helps to repair, rebuild and sustain Wabanaki relationship, kinship, access to place and to directly help Wabanaki people and institutions to fulfill their care-taking responsibilities for the lands and waters of Maine.

Navigating Perceived Legal Barriers to Land Return

Tool

First Light

With the help of non-native land attorney, Rob Levin, we respond to nine common questions on perceived legal barriers land trusts face in returning land and access to Native communities.

Shift your organization’s culture and practices

Looking broader: Indigenous leadership around the world

Global Indigenous land care

We Rise Together

Educational

First Light

A report by the Indigenous Circle of Experts about their efforts to reconcile history to manage public land together in Canada.

The Haudenosaunee Environmental Protection Process (HEPP)

A summary of work done by the HEPP, a project to assist Haudenosaunee Nations in exercising their rights and responsibilities with regard to their environmental concerns in a manner consistent with Haudenosaunee values and culture, while maintaining the sovereignty of the Haudenosaunee people.

Indigenous leadership in art, music, land, culture

Sing, dance, listen, watch

Educational

Here are some of the Indigenous artists we look to for inspiration and reminders in this work.